An unlikely combination of an honours graduate in Spanish and a building services engineer has won top national recognition for their new coffee shop and restaurant.
Created by owners Adam and Emma Mitchell, Elephant Coffee opened its doors on Neston High Street in the heart of the market town just over 12 months ago.
Now the passionate coffee loving pair and self confessed foodies have marked their first year in business by carrying off the gold award for the best independent cafe/coffee bar in the country in the Cafe Society Awards 2013.
The prestigious national awards ceremony was held at the spectacular Kensington Roof Gardens in London.
Adam and Emma grew up in and around Neston and noticed what they describe as ‘a desperate lack of any decent coffee shops in the area’. They stumbled on the derelict building and saw its potential as a speciality coffee shop with a ‘real buzz’.
“Elephant Coffee was born out of a passion for great coffee, fresh and simple food and a vibrant atmosphere,” said Emma.
“Our coffee beans are ethically sourced and freshly roasted.
“We believe that coffee should be as fresh as it can be to achieve great flavour and our baristas are highly trained to produce high quality espresso-based beverages and beautiful ‘latte art’.
“Our cakes, pastries and breads are freshly baked and prepared on-site every morning at 5.30am and our paninis, homemade soups, and handmade cupcakes have become renowned.”
Emma added: “Although we started with high hopes and dreams for Elephant Coffee we had not anticipated the level of demand.”
They plan to open a second coffee shop in Parkgate and are also planning a third in the chain.